MBC’s upcoming historical romance melodrama The King Loves doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to release stills, but they are fully pre-producing the drama, which doesn’t yet have an airdate, so I can see how they might not want to show us everything so soon. Last week we caught our first glimpse of Im Shi-wan (Misaeng) in character, and now it’s his co-star Yoon-ah’s (The K2) turn.
The melodrama that’s based on a novel of the same name stars Im Shi-wan as Goryeo prince Wang Won (later King Chungseon), a power-hungry, ambitious ruler who has two faces: a virtuous outward one, and a snakelike inner one. He’ll have an epic bromance with his best friend, played by Hong Jong-hyun (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo), a young man of royal birth who loses everything to the crown prince and sets his sights on the one thing the prince can’t have: the woman he loves.
Yoon-ah plays the only daughter of the wealthiest man in Goryeo, an ambitious royal with insatiable greed played by Lee Ki-young (Mrs. Cop, Masked Prosecutor). She’ll be the Goryeo-era Scarlett O’Hara, a woman who comes between Im Shi-wan and Hong Jong-hyun and is loved so fiercely by them that they will ultimately be destroyed by their love for her. Jung Bo-seok (Monster) will play the hero’s father, King Chungryeol, and Jang Young-nam (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju) will be the hero’s mother, a Yuan emperor’s daughter who became a Goryeo queen.
So far the early stills look fresh and pretty, counter to all the cataclysmic tragedy we’ve been promised, but I’m sure there’s plenty of time for backstabbing frenemies to show their true faces. Here’s hoping that by “Goryeo Scarlett O’Hara,” they mean to make the heroine bold and fearless, and not just an object of affection who gets yanked back and forth between two rivals.
The King Loves will air sometime this year on MBC.
Via Sports Chosun
- Im Shi-wan as a young prince for MBC’s The King Loves
- News bites: January 7, 2017
- News bites: December 24, 2016
- Goryeo’s femme fatale and political mastermind added to cast of The King Loves
- Hong Jong-hyun up to rival Im Shi-wan in The King Loves
- Im Shi-wan, Yoon-ah headline new historical drama The King Loves
- The K2: Episode 1
- Yoon-ah reconsiders tvN bodyguard drama K2